PSYCHOTHERAPY

What is Psychotherapy? Psychotherapy can be considered an alternative healing therapy that involves learning to increase self awareness in order to realize maximum human potential, thereby helping us to live more authentically with improved relationships, professional and financial successes, balance and grace. Psychotherapy is a general term describing many specific types of therapy such as talk therapy, narrative therapy, psycho-social therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and counseling. Psychotherapy treatments are commonly used for psychological problems on an individual basis, with couples, families and groups. Forms of communication used in psychotherapy healing can include writing, artwork, music and dramatic theater. A psychotherapy practitioner may be a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, occupational therapist, counselor, psychiatric nurse, licensed clinical social worker or psychiatrist.   What we refer to as psychotherapy medicine has been practiced as far back as ancient Greece.  It is thought that the first recorded use of psychotherapy was performed by Dr. Josef Breuer.  Dr. Breuer would go on to be a close friend, teacher and collaborator with Sigmund Freud.  Dr. Breuer observed a woman who suffered from paralysis felt better after she ‘talked’ to him about her symptoms.  It is thought Sigmund Freud employed this ‘talking cure’ form of treatment and later created what we refer to as ‘psychoanalysis’ in Vienna, Austria in 1881.  A trained neurologist, he began working with patients who were classified as hysterical.  He continued practicing psychoanalysis into the 1930’s.   His psychotherapy treatment work was later built on by Karl Jung, Anna Freud and Otto Frank among others.  In the 1940’s, pioneer Carl Rogers brought forth a humanistic approach which rose to prominence by the 1950’s.  Psychoanalysis, humanism and Ivan Pavlov’s work in behaviorism laid the cornerstones for teaching psychology in the United States today.   Psychotherapy is an alternative healing therapy that is a constantly growing. Today there are over 450,000 licensed psychotherapists in the United States.  General research shows that the average length of psychotherapy treatment is between 6 and 10 sessions.  It has been reported that Americans spend about $55 billion on psychotherapy annually.     All Things Healing promotes psychotherapy, an alternative healing therapy, with psychotherapy information presented in articles and video form.  For more and updated information, visit us online regularly!  

Introduction to Psychotherapy
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(Asst. Editor: Deborah Duenckel Allen, LCSW, DCSW) Nancy’s enduring interest and practice in psychotherapeutic healing arts stems from her own, very human life experiences of wou...
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Nancy Burnett, PhD
Tiffany has a doctorate in neurolinguistics. She is a certified dream analyst, and a certified hypnotherapist and registered member recognized by American Board of Hypnotherapy and P...
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Tiffany Ip, PhD

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Editor's Note: Cheryl Arutt summarizes the importance of helping children develop an ability for self-regulation of emotions. She shows a 1969 clip of Mr. Rogers testifying where he says "If we could make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, then we would have done a great service for mental health...."

 

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by Susan Pollak

If I close my eyes, I can almost go back to my grandmother’s kitchen. The fragrance of pot roast permeates the air, redolent with caramelized onions, potatoes and carrots. I can see the golden lemon sponge cake, made with nearly a dozen eggs, just emerging from its worn silver bundt pan. And I can smell the cups of steaming black tea with sugar. This was grandma Tilly’s healing elixir that could soothe any pain, still the rivers of my childhood tears and my adolescent rage...

 

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Editor's Note: Gwennyth Palafox, PhD talks about using technology as the music of the attunement dance when working with children who have difficulty with self-regulation. She shows how she uses technology as an interface to teach children social referencing so that they can develop the skills that they will need to develop the neuro-architecture to experience emotional competence.

 

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by Jed Diamond

According to addictions expert Charles L. Whitfield, "Codependence is not only the most common addiction people develop, it is the base out of which all our addictions and compulsions emerge. Underneath nearly every addiction and compulsion lies codependence." Codependence, therefore, is the disease of lost selfhood...

 

 

 

 

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by Steven Handel

What are intrusive thoughts?


Intrusive thoughts are involuntary and unpleasant thoughts, images, or ideas that pop into our mind.


They are a common symptom in those with anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD; however, the truth is most people experience intrusive thoughts from time to time...


Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Mindfulness studies are providing new ways to work with changing intrusive thoughts. Urge surfing is just one of these strategies that helps.

 

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by Steven Handel

Listening to music is one of the most common ways we manage our stress and emotions.
When we feel tired after a long day at work, many of us like to unwind by kicking back, closing our eyes, and turning on our iPods. Or when we feel down after a heated argument with a boyfriend or girlfriend, we may listen to some uplifting tunes to help distract us from our anger or sadness...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Music Therapy is a field of psychology that has many applications. Here is a summary of some of the recent research and some practical suggestions about how you can use music to shift emotions.

 

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Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: In this Ted Talk, psychologist Barry Schwartz challenges the idea that the more choices we have, the more freedom we have. He asserts the paradoxical idea that having an explosion of choices may actually  inhibit the ability to make a decision...

 

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by Nancy Burnett, PhD, CST-T, Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teacher
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

“Who am I?” is a perennial question asked by anyone seeking to know himself better. From a psychological perspective, “Who am I?” concerns what makes me me?...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: This article offers a brief introduction to the theory of psychological types conceived by Carl Jung. A description of the attitudes, functions, and resulting types shows the variety of psychological ways people express their humanness. Benefits of understanding different type characteristics encourage the reader to investigate further.

 

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by Morgan Jones

Anxiety is often thought of as being tied to the stressful ways of modern adult life, but many anxiety disorders can first show up in childhood or adolescence. New research is exploring possible treatment for youth suffering from anxiety and methods to spot signs of the disorder at the earliest possible age...

 

Editor's Note from Jeanie Witcraft: This piece showcases the importance of catching anxiety disorders early and a promising treatment from an Israeli team.

 

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by Nancy Burnett, PhD, CST-T, Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teacher
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

In Part 1 of this series on distinguishing personal responsibility—“Whose Fault Is It?”— I wrote about the obvious vs...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Part 2 of this series examines alternatives to blaming that are useful to protecting family harmony and optimizing personal and family growth. Closing thoughts sum up the highlights of both parts.

 

 

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by Nancy Burnett, PhD, CST-T, Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teacher
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

A great deal of personal and family wounds can be avoided by distinguishing personal responsibility in various situations of life...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Everyone is familiar with the blame game. In part one of a two-part article, I explore the underlying principle that taking responsibility for one's self goes a long way toward living a harmonious life. Whether responsibility for them is obvious or obscured, disruptive events often present learning opportunities.

 

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by Stanley Popovich

Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however some people have a difficult time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and every day anxieties...

 

Editor's Note: Stanley Popovich struggled with anxiety for 15 years and has found some very practical tools for managing anxiety and depression which he shares. He has been featured on radio and TV and has articles published in magazines.

 

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When You Hear Your Partner, Are You Listening?

by David McCann, Ph.D. & Janis McCann, Ph.D.

The art of listening is the heart of communication. We believe that if we do not come together and listen to one another, we cannot have a healthy culture. But if we do sit down and listen to one another, we can remake the world—one relationship at a time.

 

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